|Sunday, 15 October 2006 at 21h 58m 27s
John Murtha, shoots from the hip
John Murtha has op-ed in the Washington Post this weekend. Click
Here is the last 30% of his heartfelt piece.
The United States is about to begin its fifth year of occupation and fighting
in Iraq. That makes this war longer than U.S. participation in World Wars I and
II, and longer than the Korean War and our own Civil War. With every year of
occupation, our efforts to fight global terrorism and our military's readiness
to fight future wars have further deteriorated, along with our standing in the
world. Meanwhile, the radical Islamic cause wins more and more recruits.
Despite the presence of more than 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, 23,000 Americans
injured or killed, tens of thousands of Iraqi deaths and the expenditure of
nearly a half a trillion dollars, here are the dismal results:
In September, 776 U.S troops were
wounded in Iraq, the highest monthly toll
in more than two years.
Over the past year, the number of
attacks against U.S. personnel has doubled,
rising from 400 to more than 800 per week.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S.
ambassador to Iraq, recently acknowledged that
sectarian violence has replaced the insurgency as the single biggest threat to
In the past two months, 6,000
Iraqis died, more than in the first year of the
Last week, electricity output
averaged 2.4 hours per day in Baghdad and 10.4
hours nationwide -- 7 percent less than in the same period in 2005.
A Sept. 27 World Public Opinion
poll indicated that 91 percent of Iraqi
Sunnis and 74 percent of Iraqi Shiites want the Iraqi government to ask U.S.-
led forces to withdraw within a year. Ninety-seven percent of Sunnis and 82
percent of Shiites said that the U.S. military presence is "provoking more
conflict than it is preventing." And Iraqi support for attacks against U.S.-led
forces has increased sharply over the past few months, from 47 percent to 61
Now, Karl Rove may call me a defeatist, but can anyone living in the real world
deny that these statistics are heading in the wrong direction? Yet despite this
bleak record of performance, the president continues to stand by his team of
failed architects, preferring to prop them up instead of demanding
Democrats are fighting a war on two fronts: One is combating the spin and
intimidation that defines this administration. The other is fighting to change
course, to do things better, to substitute smart, disciplined strategy for
dogma and denial in Iraq.
That's not defeatism. That's our duty.
|Sunday, 15 October 2006 at 13h 26m 18s
Links to Republican sex scandals
some wonderful part-time journalist has composed a list of Republican sex
click me baby
|Saturday, 14 October 2006 at 2h 58m 8s
The generational thing
This is a quote from Pulp Fiction (1994) that Samuel L. Jackson would utter
before he shot people dead ( you'd have to see the movie ) . For a long time a
lot of people started thinking this was a real passage in the Book of Ezekiel
in the Bible. Some ( myself included ) thought the quote was the original
passage that was mistranslated by the Catholic church from the original Hebrew,
but nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, this quote is just the
leftover ingenious comments from Quentin Tarantino -- who is in my opinion, one of the all
time great in the film medium of artistic expression. Tarentino is in the 0.1%
of worthy film producers to which I (uber-lord of subjective testimony that I
Anyway, I digress, ... here's the quote.
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of
the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of
charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for
he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will
strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would
attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the
Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
|Saturday, 14 October 2006 at 1h 25m 53s
Today's Real news story
The British government is currently considering charging the US
war crimes because of an apparently deliberate killing of a British
journalist. The coroner and witnesses on the ground say it was deliberate.
The US military investigation disagrees, and provided a video of which
there is 15 minutes editted from the tape during the time the shooting
The London Guardian story
Here's the first paragraph of the London Guardian story by Leigh Holmwood :
ITN reporter Terry Lloyd was shot in the head by American troops as he was
being driven to hospital, the inquest into his death was told today.
Here is a story in the Melbourne Sun.
This isn't the first time reporters have been found killed under suspicious
circumstances. When an Italian Journalist Giuliana Sgrena
was nearly killed while investigating where the fake yellowcake Uranium
documents came from, the Italian Prime Minister publically denounced the
actions of the US Military.
|Saturday, 14 October 2006 at 0h 14m 20s
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the
holy name of liberty and democracy?"
|Monday, 9 October 2006 at 23h 6m 3s
At least Foley didn't actually have sex with the pages...
oopsie. Not according to a former page who
From French Agency Press (AFP), as posted on yahoo.
The former page said he began receiving messages from Foley while in college.
He told the daily he is uncertain how Foley knew his college instant-message
name, but assumed the lawmaker had access to a directory listing former
The told the Times that some of the explicit e-mails from the ex-congressman
assessed the sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages, but
made clear he had decided to wait before making advances.
"I always knew you were a player, but I don't fool around with pages," declared
one instant message from Maf54, a screen name Foley used in numerous exchanges
with former pages.
The young man told the LA Times that he and his fellow pages were surprised
that it took so long for Foley "to get caught," he said.
Click here for the
original LA Times story by staff writer Walter F. Roche, Jr. Here is the lead
paragraph of that story.
A former House page says he had sex with then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) after
receiving explicit e-mails in which the congressman described assessing the
sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages but waiting until
later to make direct advances.
Here's a timeline from Talkingpointsmemo
So now I wonder, how did Foley get a hold of all these instant message names?
that's a lot of pages over the years. Do you
think the pages freely give up that data to the government? How could Foley
possibly know those IM usernames?
Could he have given General Michael Hayden a call at NSA? How else could a
Congressman get this information?
|Monday, 9 October 2006 at 19h 38m 31s
the front page of the french press
on the front page of Le Figaro is
this story in french. Here is the first paragraph, translated by me.
"The Afghan population could be retaken by the Taliban if the conditions of
life don't change in the next 6 months", warns the ISAF chief of forces
[British General David Richards.]
"Afghanistan is on the edge of a razor."
... [and later] "The Afghani's don't want the Taliban but prefer to live an
austere and disagreeable life than 5 more years of war."
|Monday, 9 October 2006 at 19h 10m 54s
Lieberman is a liar
Thanks to David Sirota.
“There were some things Vice President Cheney said about Saddam having
nuclear weapons, I never bought that.”
-– Joe Lieberman, Fox Channel 61, 10/8/06 (2:05 in Part 2 of the
“Every day Saddam remains in power with chemical weapons, biological
weapons, and the development of nuclear weapons is a day of danger for the
United States of America.”
-– Joe Lieberman, 8/4/02
“We have reason to believe [Iraq] is developing nuclear weapons.”
-– Lieberman, 2/10/02
“What’s most frightening, said Lieberman, is that Iraq has chemical and
biological weapons, and is rapidly developing nuclear capability.”
-– Hartford Courant, 1/15/02
|Monday, 9 October 2006 at 19h 51m 40s
The E. Coli and the Salinas Valley
According to a story in the New York Times (click here
) the E. Coli outbreak into spinach packages might be due to E. Coli in the
irrigated water. This is according to a quote by the President of a company
that is recalling packaged Lettuce, or
Executives [of the Nunes Company] ordered the recall after learning that
irrigation water may have
been contaminated with E. coli, said Tom Nunes Jr., president of the company.
The company has not found E. coli bacteria in the lettuce itself, Mr. Nunes
"We’re just reacting to a water test only,” Nunes said. “We know there’s
generic E. coli on it, but we’re not sure what that means.”
The recall covers green leaf lettuce sold from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6 under the Foxy
brand in grocery stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon
and Washington. It was also sold to distributors in those states who may have
sold it to restaurants or institutions.
|Sunday, 8 October 2006 at 19h 35m 51s
George Stephanopoulos on Foley
This video gets at all the issues involved in the 2006 election. Watch as
Republican flack Adam Putnam lies and slanders and brings up irrelevant points
in order to justify Republican corruption and shame.
DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel was scheduled to debate RCCC Chairman Thomas
Reynolds on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Entangled in the Foley
page scandal himself, Reynolds ducked the debate, sending Rep. Adam Putnam in
Thanks to Crooksandliars.com for the video.